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Steve McQueen’s ‘Papillon’ Gets Remake

“Wolf of Wall Street” producer Red Granite is developing a remake of Steve McQueen’s prison drama “Papillon” with Danish director Michael Noer attached.

Producers are Red Granite’s Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland, along with Ram Bergman and Roger Corbi. Executive producers are David Koplan, Yan-Fischer-Romanovsky, Joshua D. Mauer, Terrence Chang and Martin Hellstern.

Aaron Guzikowski, who wrote Denis Villeneuve’s 2013 thriller “Prisoners,” penned the script.

Papillon,” released in 1973, was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and based on the autobiography by the French convict Henri Charriere. Dalton Trumbo and Lorenzo Semple Jr. wrote the script, which was Trumbo’s final screenplay.

The film’s title is French for “Butterfly,” referring to Charriere’s tattoo and nickname.

McQueen played a criminal who is unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France and condemned to life in a South American prison. Dustin Hoffman played a counterfeiter who agrees to finance Papillon’s prison escapes in exchange for protection in prison.

Noer co-directed “R” with Tobias Lindholm, and the gang drama “Northwest.” He is repped by
CAA and Alan Wetheimer.

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The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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